Waitangi Day for families

Last updated 13:22 30/01/2013
Waitangi day
Helen Parkinson

Collaborative concert: Members of the Kiakoura Musicians Collective perform at Fyffe House's annual Music on the Lawn concert earlier this month. They are gearing up for their final summer gig on Waitangi day at South Bay Domain

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The third and final summer concert organised by the Kaikoura Musicians Collective is just around the corner and with it comes a celebration of conservation efforts.

A huge day is planned for Waitangi Day with events at South Bay Domain to entertain the whole family.

The talents of the musicians collective will be heard, as well as headlining act The People's Coalition of Aotearoa, a Wellington group who will be bringing typical Kiwi sounds, from rock to reggae, hip hop to dubstep, jazz to rap.

There will also be range of other activities including Department of Conservation Seaweek celebrations, Children's Day and violence-free network Whire Kawe's family-orientated conservation day.

Children's activities including three-legged races, sack races, tug of war and face-painting will be offered every half hour. There will be a sausage sizzle, food and other stalls.

There will also be plenty of free activities and information stalls including a marine aquarium display, huttons shearwater stall and information on Kaikoura's historic whaling cottage Fyffe House and coastal guardian group Te Korowai o Te Tai o Marokura.

Families are invited to come and relax for the afternoon with a picnic, listen to the great musical variety and join in the fun.

Whire Kawe co-ordinator and member of the musicians collective Lesa B'do said the idea was to combine Children's Day with DOC celebrations.

"We want to celebrate children and family by making an event that is accessible for all, with music as the platform for what will be the sign off of the summer set gigs."

DOC community liaison officer Brett Cowan said the celebration of conservation was timely, given the increased local awareness of deep sea oil exploration.

"Waitangi Day is a celebration of diversity, not only of New Zealanders to each other but also to the environment around us. It is about a connectedness to the ancient traditional values of looking after Mother Earth.

"These are not just Maori but universal values. This is a good opportunity to revisit our responsibility to coastal protection."

The event kicks off at 1pm on Wednesday February 6, South Bay Domain. Free transport will be available from the Kaikoura i-SITE, starting from 12.30. Entry to the event is free, and there will be koha boxes to support the musicians' collective.

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- Kaikoura Star

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